Mike Michell began his career as a English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and Language Across the Curriculum coordinator at Cabramatta High School in 1981.
From 1989 to 2008, he was an education consultant, senior policy, curriculum and project officer at the NSW Department of Education's multicultural education unit.
He has also been NSW writer on the National Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment project writing team, producing the report ESL scales: A joint project of the States, Territories and Commonwealth of Australia initiated by the Australian Education Council, (1994), Curriculum Corporation.
From 2008 until his retirement in 2016, he worked for the University of NSW's School of Education as a researcher, lecturer in language and literacy, course convener and PhD supervisor.
Mike was a member of the project writing team that produced Tools to Enhance Assessment literacy for Teachers of English as an additional Language
, an online teacher resource for the Victorian Department of Education, Independent Schools, Victoria and Catholic Education Commission, Victoria. http://teal.global2.vic.edu.au/